During an audience with His Excellency Julius Maada Bio, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, the Government of Sierra Leone and Mercy Ships (www.MercyShips.Africa) expanded their existing protocol agreements for their newest hospital ship, the Global Mercy® to visit Sierra Leone.
“Thank you, Mercy Ships, for your continued humanitarian and medical support in providing treatment to people with various medical conditions around the world.
This pre-covid partnership agreement includes a 10-month Global Mercy deployment for free surgical care in partnership with local institutions in Sierra Leone.
The hospital ship will serve as a platform to train our healthcare professionals to build capacity.
The programs will ensure that the positive impact of Mercy Ships continues long after the ship leaves Sierra Leone’s shores.
This partnership will support our vision of ensuring a functional national health system that provides efficient, high-quality health care services that are accessible, equitable and affordable for all,” stated HE President Julius Maada Bio. Mercy Ships CEO Gert van de Weerdhof highlighted the partnership with the Sierra Leone government.
“We are excited to confirm that we are planning a future return to Sierra Leone.
This will be our sixth field service working alongside this nation.
We can now fully enter an important season of assessing existing needs and identifying how we can best support to bring hope and healing to those who are in dire need of surgical care.” When the Global Mercy docks in the host nation port, the crew will provide free surgical care to thousands of people, training for local healthcare workers and more.
All Mercy Ships services are provided free of charge to the participant, thanks to donors from around the world and their support of professional volunteers aboard their hospital ships.
“This long-standing partnership paves the way for Mercy Ships to continue to engage closely with the Sierra Leonean government and to strengthen our joint commitment to improving access to safe surgical care,” said Dr. Sandra Lako, Mercy Ships Country Director.
in Sierra Leone.
“A collaborative approach is the strongest way to strengthen health systems,” added Dr. Mark Shrime, international medical director for Mercy Ships.
The meetings were facilitated by Dame Ann Gloag, a Mercy Ships international board member who has also been working with Sierra Leone for many years.
Previous port visits to Freetown, Sierra Leone by Mercy Ship include: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2011.
Global Mercy is scheduled to visit Dakar Senegal in early 2023 for several months prior to Sierra Leone.
High resolution photos and general video images of the Mercy Ships B-Roll are available upon request.